1. B

    Food Banks Whats Going On?

    Im old enough to remember the 3 day week in the early 1970s ( i was at school then), when the country had days without any electricity? miners were on strike, brought the heath govt. down? and other hard recessions up to now? It just seems to me the population has got so soft over the years, and...
  2. S

    Saler or lim x British friesian

    Currently running saler cows put to the Charolais bull but have got the chance of some lim x British Friesian heifers. Just wondering which people think will produce the heaviest Charolais calves, the best would be sold straight off the cow and the rest to be sold as yearling stores. I remember...
  3. S

    Autumn calving?

    As above really, considering going from a sort of Ayr pattern to autumn block. I'd like eventually to start calving end sept/October, looking at my current pattern, a third or so already fit, just over a third are in January and February and the rest are sort of littered about the rest of the...
  4. Headless chicken

    What to feed heifer calves this autumn?

    Historically we’ve always fed cake and straw and they’ve done very well and it suits our system as we’ve not got any fixed facilities for them so we can just use tubs and a ring feeder. with cake price climbing higher we need to consider the alternatives as see how others are doing it. We fed...
  5. jed

    Sucklers anyone miss them ?

    I’ve had a mare of a calving time this year from abortion to cryp calves that won’t suck and really have had enough of the f…ing things pretty well convinced myself that they’ve got to go . I love to look at a field of great looking cows and calves but I’m not getting any younger kids are not...
  6. will6910

    Which investment is better currently

    I currently have a small dilemma. I have sold some off my store heifers and done not Brilliant. So Im going have to graze the remaining 9 heifers for the summer to get more weight on them. So il have 9 heifers and then ewes and lambs. I can’t see how il have grass for them all without some...
  7. Kevtherev

    Forage Crops

    Thought I’d start a thread on what members are/have been putting in this season to fill the forage gap with rising feed costs. Brassicas Arable silage mixes Rye etc
  8. J

    When to graze grass

    So following on from the discussion in all things dairy, when's the best time to graze grass? My butterfat is low - too low really, it was around 3.8-3.9 but has dropped over the past 10 days to 3.6 I can obviously increase that by feeding a fibre source which is what I'm doing currently as...
  9. J

    Bullock acting odd

    I have a fat bullock, lim x dairy, coming up to 30 months, will be fit in a week or 2. In the last few days she has been acting fairly skittish, crashing around the yard, slipping, scrabbling about, looking to climb every wall etc. They havent been turned out yet as they will all be gone soon so...
  10. S

    GS2 scheme

    We're organic dairy and last few years have had some off ground on a grazing agreement, converted it to organic and the landlord claims the payment. They've just let me know it's now in GS2 and bit by bit what the rules are, highlights; No cutting til 1st July No dung spreading until 1st July...
  11. H

    Lim, blue or Bazadaise stock bull

    Hi I’m looking for an easier calving stock bull. Happy for an older bull as my old bull has gone lame. Quiet, good temperament vital. Figures would help although not a must on this occasion. Need him ready for immediate work for 30 cows. Thanks Stu
  12. beltextexel

    Pure Simmental herd for sale

    21 pure simmy cows with 24 sim and bb March born calves at foot. Will also be 6 cows with late April born calves for sale soon. included in the 21 cows are 5 heifers with calves and 6 2019 born cows with calves, with the remainder been general herd ages. Also available are the 12 2021 born...
  13. T

    Looking for opportunities for summer/autumn calving

    Hi! I am currently a 3rd-year vet student from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College of the University of Edinburgh. I am keen to learn more about large animals and I managed to book some clinical farm placement, but I am still lacking in calving experiences. I was wondering if there anyone would...
  14. Wolds Beef

    Pedigree Lincoln Red Cows and calves for sale

    As above, from the award winning Winceby Herd. High Health, Easy Care, Easy Feeding, Easy Calving. Due to slimming down a very successful herd. Various ages. Would suit some one wishes to try Lincoln's in a regenerative system. or grazing conservation grassland. Contact by PM or text to 07767...
  15. Agriland RSS

    Gold Cup winners to open their farm to the public

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland One of the UK’s highest ranking dairy herds is opening its gates for the renowned Gold Cup Open Day on July 5 at Stapleford Abbotts, near Romford, Essex. The event, which historically attracts thousands of dairy farmers and industry representatives...
  16. crofteress

    Vets no longer working in outlying area

    I have/ had very good vets for the last 6 years. They have written to all farm/ equine clients saying they are no longer going to be our vets as the distance is too far for out of hours work. There are a lot of us , this is recent as of two days ago. There is another practise but so far have not...
  17. Sir loin

    More heifers than bull calves any ideas why?

    Getting through calving 32 heifer calves 15 bull calves anyone shed any light on this, My last 12 calves 10 heifers 2 bulls. Weather last year at bulling ?
  18. W

    Wanted calves

    I’m looking to take on around 50 calves in June and would prefer to buy private.Any breed considered and would need to be in Devon let me know if you have anything
  19. Ruminant Health & Welfare

    Ruminant Health & Welfare launch report highlighting immediate gains of ruminant health on methane emissions

    With the clock ticking on changes to Red Tractor standards in 2023 which will strengthen the UK dairy industry’s commitment to rear every calf with care, a pilot initiative on-farm is tackling the key challenges of breeding, rearing and marketing. RH&W says over 1.4 million calves are born to...
  20. Davy_g

    mummified calf

    Morning all, Looking some experiences. I had a cow due on the 1st April (a bad date i know). Anyway two weeks after that date she had went backwards if anything from calving and I had one vet check her out. He thought something inside here about 4 to 4.5 months old and potentially viable - he...